Berning question: it’s Biden v Sanders, which is just fine with ...

World

Berning question: it’s Biden v Sanders, which is just fine with Trump

The primaries are now a two-man race, and whether Bernie wins or loses, the Trump campaign can benefit

Tim Stanley

Joe Biden opened his Super Tuesday victory rally by mixing up his wife and his sister. Moments later, vegan protesters launched themselves at the stage, screaming “Let dairy die!” Jill Biden (wife, not sister) wrestled one of them away. What does it all portend?

Well, there’s no denying that Biden has enjoyed a remarkable comeback, dominating primary returns in the South but also capturing Minnesota (which Bernie Sanders won in 2016) thanks, no doubt, to the endorsement of his former rival for the nomination, Amy Klobuchar. Biden has seen off the moderate competition, boiling the race down to him and Bernie and, here on in, enjoys some major advantages.

Bernie did well among Latinos, the young and the very left-wing. Biden did much better among moderates, older voters and, crucially African-Americans – and the strength of Biden’s wins proves that the Democrat electorate is more centrist, or at least pragmatic, than outsiders tend to assume...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.